Aug 23, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT
Maury Brown, who keeps good track of this stuff, notes that while attendance remains flat overall compared to last year, this past weekend several marks were set.
- The Saturday game between the Phillies and Nationals drew 44,685, which was the largest crowd at Nationals Park history;
- The Cardinals Cubs game on Saturday drew 42,374 which was the largest crowd in Wrigley Field since 1978; and
- The three-game series between the Indians and the Tigers drew 132,239, which was the biggest three-game series in Comerica Park history. No doubt boosted by that Willie Hernandez tribute before Saturday’s game, right?
It’ll be interesting to see what happens to attendance in September as everyone comes to grips with the fact that hardly any of the games are going to matter for playoff purposes. But as this past weekend shows, people don’t really have any problem going to the ballpark on a nice day just for the hell of it.
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